A Sight to Behold
Mir Shabbir Ali Bijarani
Thereís a place in Sindh which has tremendous
potential to become a great tourist spot
November 2, 2006, I headed for Gorakh, a beautiful piece of land in
Sindh. I left Karachi for the purpose, and some of my friends from my
native village joined me. We met at Johi which is district Daduís taluka
headquarters. We started moving towards Wahi Pandhi, a small village of
Johi taluka. It was a neat and clean village. We also saw a police
station and some NGO workers there. The village was surrounded by lush
green fields. The villagers were mostly from Rustamani, Jamali and
Laghari tribes. After spending some time there, we began heading towards
Gorakh via Wahi Pandhi.
The journey till Drabhani was easy; but at this point our car stalled
because the 4WD had stopped functioning. We tried to toe it but didnít
succeed. So we decided to leave it at Drabhani. Dusk had already fallen.
We saw the lights of a vehicle blazing from the mountain. The vehicle
came close to us and the people in it got off and met us. They told us
that there were very sharp turns and difficult tracks all the way up. We
were a bit worried. Then I decided to go upwards, drop two of our
members, then come back and pick them. Thatís how we managed to do the
needful, but in a very difficult manner. There were very sharp,
dangerous turns, especially the one which was at Khawal Point.
By this time we were bathed in moonlight. The place was very scenic and
was surrounded by mountains. We decided to stay there for a while. Our
cook started cooking food for us. He made very delicious chicken karahi,
okra, daal and boiled rice with salad. We stayed there till 1am. Then I
went into my tent and slept, while the other guys slept in their tents.
The next morning,
someone told us about a beautiful water stream called Heeingar. All of
us had a quick breakfast. While sitting there we saw many locals going
downwards riding camels and donkeys. A friend of mine chatted with them
and inquired about their traditions in a friendly manner.
Moving towards Heeingar (downhill), we found out that the terrain was a
bit difficult to tread on. But once we reached there, the place turned
out to be a beautiful spot. The crystal clear water was flowing down
from the mountain, creating a picturesque sight. The sound of the
thunderous water was amazing. We washed our faces and hands and took
some pictures. I had never seen such a beautiful place in my life. The
water here, apart from irrigating the land, takes care of the drinking
water needs of the locals. There was an injeer tree at the place from
where the water was coming gushing down.
While spending some time at Heeingar we started moving up to our base
camp Khawal. On our way back we saw goats at the top of the mountains.
We started moving up to the Gorakh Rest House and finally reached our
destination in 20 minutes. The distance from our base camp was 12.5kms.
The road was newly constructed and was in a good condition. The rest
house was quite cosy too.
We found Gorakh to be a wonderful place and more beautiful than Khawal.
The 400-acre piece of scenic green land, which is 5,688ft above sea
level, is a sight to behold. We roamed there till 4pm and then came back
to our base camp. I took a 30-minute nap. After a brief rest, we resumed
moving towards our destination.
Visiting the breathtaking
sight brought to light some issues that need to be addressed by the
authorities concerned on an urgent basis. For example, there are no
schools or hospitals for local people and no education system is in
place in the region.
It also needs to be mentioned here that if one is a wildlife watcher,
Gorakh has a lot to offer. There are tigers, wolves, bears, doves, and
white partridges etc.
Local people told us that it only snows in January in Gorakh. In the
summer season the weather is quite pleasant, whereas in winters it is
While we were there, I personally drove all the way to Gorakh hilltop
and my 4WD really gave me great assistance. It was a thrilling
All those who have an interest in visiting wonderful places must visit
Gorakh. But the problem is that the place is not as developed as
tourists would like it to be. The authorities concerned must give
attention to Gorakh, for it has the potential for becoming one of
Pakistanís prime tourist spots.
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February 25th, 2007